Villarreal name caretaker coach as Emery leaves for Aston Villa

Miguel Ángel Tena has been named Villarreal caretaker coach after Unai Emery’s resignation.

Emery is leaving Villarreal for Aston Villa after the two clubs agreed a compensation fee yesterday.

In a statement, Villarreal announced:

“Head coach Unai Emery has informed Villarreal CF of his unilateral decision to terminate his contract with the club. The Basque manager will therefore leave the club, which he joined in the 2020/21 season, and will hold a farewell press conference tomorrow (Tuesday) at the Training Ground at 12pm CEST accompanied by the Yellows directors.

“Emery has gone down in Villarreal CF history for becoming the first coach to win a title with the club, the UEFA Europa League, as well as the historic achievement of reaching the Champions League semi-finals last year and helping the team qualify team for European competitions for two consecutive seasons.

“Villarreal CF would like to thank Unai Emery for the work he has done and wishes him the best of luck in his career.

“The club’s director of football, Miguel Ángel Tena, will lead the team’s training session tomorrow at 5pm CEST at the Training Ground (first 15 minutes open to the press) and will take over on an interim basis until the club announces a new head coach.”

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